Wednesday, May 30, 2018

work in Progress Wednesday

May has been an exceptionally busy month.  My bead journal has not received as much attention as I would like to give it.  Still, I am pleased with it and will call it finished.  Please excuse all the dog fur on it.  Using wool fabric for the base was probably not the wisest choice when our golden retriever is shedding so much! 
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Last week was a catch-up week but Sharon B did offer a mini challenge.  It was to use five stitches in a small sample.  I was inspired to do a flower with five stitches.  I used buttonhole wheel, detached chain, pistil, cross stitch and french knots.  It was great fun and I definitely want to challenge myself with this again.

Monday, May 28, 2018

I heart Macro

More rusty bits.  I love rust when it comes to photography.  However, the whole rust/eco dyeing of fabric has absolutely no appeal to me.
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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Digital Collage

FreeMix is a very easy to use digital collage tool.  I was introduced to it a couple of weeks ago and have thoroughly enjoyed using it.  I need to figure out a way to print my collages on fabric so that I can add beads and stitch!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Tassels

One of the very first fibre classes I took was about making tassels.  That was many years ago and I haven't made a lot of tassels since but decided to give them a play again.  Using scraps, bits and pieces really appeals to me right now so these tassels are a real hodgepodge but I love them.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Artist in Residence update

There are only a few weeks left of my residency with the Ayr Library.  To say that I have completely enjoyed it is an understatement.  The library staff are the best!  The beautiful libraries I have visited in the Region of Waterloo are utterly charming.  The workshop participants have been lovely. 

Part of the mandate of the residency is to engage the community with art.  To that end, I have had people altering book pages to be included in the altered book that I am creating.  Pictured above are some of the pages created. 

I am already starting to dream up another artist in residence proposal.  I really want to do more of this!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

Here is the culmination of this year's guild challenge.  I think our 'sinchies look fabulous.  I have to say that I love being a part of the Grand Guild of Fibre Artists.  There are so many creative and talented women in this group.
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Monday, May 21, 2018

I heart Macro

Not only do I love macro photography but I love the texture that can be captured.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Another Challenge

I really enjoy a good challenge.  I like that they force me outside of the box.  I am excited to have signed up for the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design Burlesque challenge.  They provide a beautiful array of Kreinik threads to use in the challenge.  I honestly have no clue what I am going to do for the challenge.  I don't even have time to think about it at this point but I can't wait to start playing with all these gorgeous threads!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

Our guild challenge for this year is coming to a close.  White is the last colour for our sinchie (six inch square) challenge.  White was definitely a challenge.  There isn't an easy way to vary value with white.  I used fibre paste, glass bead gel and some fabric paint.  Next week all of our sinchies will be on display in St. Jacobs.  It will be a really good show! 
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Monday, May 14, 2018

I heart Macro

 A lovely bouquet was given to me by a perfect stranger.   I had to work on Mother's Day ( I realize many mothers do).  I never have had to prior to this.  I work at a theatre part-time.  One of the soloists that performed gave me his bouquet.  How blessed am I!
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Friday, May 11, 2018

A riot of colour

Even though May is such a busy month for me I am still making time for my creativity.  I am having a blast creating my coffee filter mandalas.  I have a lovely collection of them and when things slow down to a more normal speed I will take them further.  Beading and stitch come to mind.  Here is the link for how to make the mandala
Mandala instructions

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

My bead journal for May is coming along.  I want to point out that I used a coffee filter with this one.  I have forgotten how I applied colour to it, there are numerous ways.  I then cut it out and sandwiched it between two sheer fabrics using fusible web.  I then applied it to black wool and started beading and stitching.  I love the way it is coming along!
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Beyond Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge

The Beyond TAST challenge is to experiment with layering stitches.  The idea of layering a stitch really appealed to me.  If I had been really clever I would have chosen a stitch for which I needed practice.  Also, I would have chosen a simpler shape or at least placed this shape in the centre.  Still, I really enjoyed doing this and may need to try again.

Monday, May 7, 2018

I heart Macro

Accept challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.  Patton

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Friday, May 4, 2018

The Circle My Favorite Shape

I learned a new technique to make mandalas.  Using a permanent metallic marker acts as a resist.  You get a batik feel using this technique.  I am having so much fun with it!  I have been making at least one per day this week.  They look fabulous and I definitely want to take them further.  Even though they are made with coffee filters the paper is very durable and will take some stitch.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

There is only a little over a month left of my artist in residency with the Ayr Library.  I have completely enjoyed doing this and am now focusing on getting the altered book complete.  The cover is going to depict Watson Pond which is in Ayr.  Pictured above is what I am planning to use for the water.  I had a lot of fun creating it.  One of my fibre guild friends shared a piece of interestingly textured stained glass with me.  I used it to do a rubbing with crayons onto mulberry paper.  I then adhered a piece of sheer blue fabric to it with glass beads gel (a medium by Liquitex).  I love the way it looks!
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B has us doing the French Knot this week. I think I have done a million French Knots over the years!  For a long time, I just didn't get how to do a French Knot properly.  My sister, Nancy is a very accomplished needlewoman and it was her instruction that clicked in my brain.  I did this tree last year by the end of it I was pretty tired of the French Knot!